Setting the scale and view
You can print or plot the entire drawing or a selected portion, depending on
which options you select in the Print dialog box. You can choose to print what
is visible on the screen, or you can specify to print an area of the drawing.
You can control the position of the drawing on the paper by specifying the
origin of the print area, the location of the lower left corner of the print
area, in relation to the lower left corner of the paper. The origin is normally
set to 0,0, which places the lower left corner of the print area as close to
the lower left corner of the paper as the printer or plotter will allow. You
can specify a different origin, however, by specifying different coordinates.
When you create a drawing, you generally draw entities full-size. When you
print the drawing, you can specify the scale of the resulting print or let the
program adjust the size of the drawing to fit the paper. To print the drawing
at a specific scale, specify the scale as a ratio of drawing units to printed
If you are printing from a Layout tab, the scale and view options you specify
can be different for each layout that you create.
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Changing the magnification of your drawing
Customizing print options
Displaying multiple views
Using named views
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Automatically scale the drawing for printing
Change the scale of
model space entities relative to paper space
Preview a drawing before
Print a drawing
Specify a portion of the drawing to print
Specify the print area origin
Specify the scale factor yourself